Synopsis: Groth opens with this line: "It is a rare occasion when a Marvel editorial deity will descend from his throne long enough to deliver a lecture on journalistic practices, but that is exactly what happened at Marvel's November press conference." Groth adds that "Tom DeFalco's speech was not entirely solemn, though, mixed as it was with his characteristic wit and levity and punctuated by the erudite observations of Peter David and Ann Nocenti." Groth then presents "the complete transcript of those relevant moments," which transcript fills the bulk of the editorial and more than speaks for itself.
Synopsis: R. Fiore reviews a stack of current comics using his infamous "old lady scale." The comics under review this issue are: MOON KNIGHT #28; GROO THE WANDERER #1; THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #237; DARING NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERGIRL #4; FURY OF FIRESTORM #9; CAPTAIN VICTORY #8; SGT. ROCK #373; WARP #1 and Neal Adams' much-anticipated MS. MYSTIC #1.
Synopsis: THIS IS IT? (OR: WHAT NICE PAPER YOU HAVE!)
HEIDI MacDONALD reviews MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVEL #4 starring THE NEW MUTANTS and Epic Comics' DREADSTAR #1
CRAZY BITCHES IN TRENCHCOATS
KIM THOMPSON reviews two graphic novels starring lady detectives: (1) Max Allan Collins and Terry Beatty's MS. TREE: I, FOR AN EYE and (2) Leonard Starr and Stan Drake's KELLY GREEN: THE GO-BETWEEN.
TROLLS, ABSURDIST HUMOR & RIFFS FROM CITIZEN KANE
DALE LUCIANO reviews the trade paperback CREEPSHOW, Marvel's THE LIFE OF POPE JOHN PAUL II, Warren's GOBLIN #1, the anthology DEADSPAWN #4; and Jim Engel & Chuck Fiala's FANDOM CONFIDENTIAL.
Synopsis: Transcript of a September 1982 interview with GEORGE PEREZ that covers his life and work with an especial focus on THE NEW TEEN TITANS. The interview was conducted by GARY GROTH, STEVE RINGGENBERG and MIKE CATRON.
Synopsis: DALE LUCIANO looks at the attempts to bring EC Comics-style horror to the screen. The article's focus is on the then-current film CREEPSHOW, but Luciano touches on earlier efforts, including the British films TALES FROM THE CRYPT (1972) and VAULT OF HORROR (1973). Three stills from CREEPSHOW accompany the article.
Synopsis: CARTER SCHOLZ explains in this thoughtful essay why bad books vex him. "What I have is a well-developed interest in the use of language as a tool for thought. ... My acquaintance with the use of language has only taught me why I dislike the weak and the slapdash." Scholz then presents compelling reasons for "taking literary foolishness seriously."